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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Is 'Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men' Possible?
Is a workable 'peace on earth' just wishful or spiritual thinking or is it really possible? What would it take to achieve such a goal? Is it even a 'good' thing to attempt to bring about? How are your personal levels of tolerance tested in this world and how well do you think that you respond when someone demonstrates an attitude of intolerance towards you? Where do you draw the line and finally say, "No more!" What do you think about the current and future state of the laws that define 'legal' tolerance? Will they hold up over the years? Do you think that we are making progress as Pagans and as human towards a universal set of human rights guidelines? Should we even go there at all? What role does religion or spirituality- for better or for worse- play in the arena of religious and civil rights and/or the quest for peace?
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| I Hate To Say This, But I Highly Doubt That There Will... ||Dec 21st. at 3:21:54 pm UTC|
|Awna (Beaumont, Texas US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I hate to say this, but I highly doubt that there will ever be peace on Earth OR good will toward men. It all ties in with polarity: good and bad, light and dark, up and down, right and wrong. Without chaos, what is order? Nothing. We can pray, spellcraft, and dance under the Moon all we want to, but unless people are willing to change, nothing will ever get done. Religion/spirituality/philosophy ties in with this greatly, but unless people accept a positive form of religion/spirituality/philosophy and actually follow it, it does no good. Realistically, the only people that we can really change are ourselves - the rest is up to Her.
| Is Peace On Earth Possible? Certainly, But I Doubt It Will Occur... ||Dec 22nd. at 6:31:02 pm UTC|
|Les Russell (Akron, Ohio US) ||Age: 44 - Email |
Is Peace on Earth Possible?
Certainly, but I doubt it will occur while humans roam the earth. Entirely to much to compete for, argue about, and generally bitch about. How unfortunate. The below message from 'the catholics' is an outstanding example of this kind of thinking.
Dear Wren Walker,
"LUCIFER"...will WRENCH your beautiful neck with Hatred for all Eternity, if you finally choose to be his forever. Wren Walker, consider carefully the Eternal Torture of Trillion and Trillion centuries to be repeated again and again forever. What is it that you are afraid most (sic)? Now imagine that this most fearful pain of yours will be done to you again and again
Trillion-Trillion-Trillion-Trillion-Trillion-Trillion-Trillion-Trillion times again and again forever. ..Kick out all your Sins and return to God. We have seen your picture and e-mail address in the withches (sic) vox.
Love in Christ from Ruby and Joe (Catholics)
A couple things catch my eye in the above rant.
1. The Lucifer comment seems more like the threat of the boogie man, ideal for terrorizing children into brushing their teeth before bedtime than anything else.
2. Your worst fear? Probably having to share living space with "Ruby and Joe (Catholics)" for all eternity. I shiver just thinking about it.
3. Trillion-Trillion-Trillion-Trillion-Trillion-Trillion- Trillion-Trillion times again and again forever" Seems kind of redundant. How many zeros is that, anyway??
4. "Love in Christ" With love like this, who needs enemies!
On the other hand, at least the catholics are writing, and not flying planes into buildings.
Perhaps Peace on Earth will be more likely if the media didn't take so much joy in reporting it, and the attorneys (and law makers) didn't have so much fun drawing lines in the sand.
In any case, let's take it one person at a time. Remember, a regular person is a happy person.
| Peace And Good Will, Try Being A Bicyclist. Out Enjoying Nature As... ||Dec 22nd. at 9:55:48 pm UTC|
|Victor Meek (Hallsville, Missouri US) ||Age: 41 - Email |
Peace and good will, Try being a bicyclist. Out enjoying nature as you ride to have cigarette throwen your way, people swinging fishing poles at you as they pass, and drinks flung on you because you slow them down for a few seconds. Don't ride on Sunday 20 minutes before church or after, be a shame to get to church 2 minutes early or to be slowed down getting away from there. In fareness there is a church that their parishners don't act that, but in general WELL. Looking into these earth based beliefs, some of their ways fit the way I feel.
Thanks for my chance to sound off.
| I Believe That Peace On Earth And Good Will Twards Men (and... ||Dec 27th. at 10:04:38 pm UTC|
|Phoenix (Emerado, North Dakota US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I believe that peace on earth and good will twards men (and women) is not really possible. It is ideal, but as long as people keep being individuals, it is not possible. There are too many people out there with differences and the thoughts that they are right. People will always be different and have different thoughts. The same thing that makes this world so great, is the same thing that makes it terrible.
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